Just wanna take a moment to wish the lovely Meligrosa a happy birthday! Sapo verde homegirl!
This past Saturday, after recovering from opening night for our Day of the Dead exhibit, I ventured to KPFA in Berkeley to hang out with DJ Rosi Reyes and DJ Aztec Parrot.
I was there to shoot some promo photos for Rosi and had a great time listening in on her show Ritmo de las Americas. While I was there I decided to shoot some animated gifs as well.
I had lots of fun and Rosi was kind enough to take my request to play my current musical obsession: Clorofila’s BabyRock Rock.
That’s it for now, this is Rio signing off!
Wooohooo! It’s been a crazy last 72 hours leading up until tonight. I’ve felt a lot of love and support these last few days as I’ve worked my tail off to get the show up. Tonight was a dream come true. As I type these words it’s almost midnight and I’m still at SOMArts, facing the monumental task of turning off all the multimedia components of the exhibit. To stall for a moment I thought I’d share these animated gifs that I shot tonight.
To say that Clorofila’s “BabyRock Rock” is my jam of the moment is an understatement. I am completely obsessed with the song and have been looping it on my ipod whenever I go out for a walk. It’s one of those songs that I know I’ll associate with this phase of my life for years to come.
In one of my dorkier moments of artistic crushing I sent a friend request on facebook to the song’s vocalist Fernanda Karolys. She accepted and much to my surprise she “liked” my link to a live version of the song. It made my night. *Le sigh.*
Here is the live video I shared the link to. It’s truly a masterpiece in my humble opinion.
Peace and Nortec,
Wow! Humbled and full of pride over this Bay Guardian article on the work I am doing with my Dad. I’m feeling the love tonight.
Two weeks ago I was a guest on KPFA’s Ritmo de las Americas. Alongside Professor Katynka Martinez (AKA The Sunnyside Gardener) we had our playlists broadcast by DJ Rosi Reyes. It was a great night of music, cheap beer, and delicious chile rellenos cooked by Rosi. Episode 8 of my podcast is our segment on the show, give it a listen below.
CuCu Diamantes & Los Tucanes de Tijuana – El Burrito (Nortec Panoptica Remix)
Up, Bustle & Out – Cumbion Mountain (Chico Sonido & Toy Selectah Remix)
Up, Bustle & Out – Blue Night / Mavi Gece
Ivo Meirelles & Funk’n Lata – Baile Funk Medley
La Santa Cecilia – Chicle
The Armenta Brothers – Miss Jenny
You can listen to Ritmo de las Americas every Saturday from 7:00PM – 9:00PM on KPFA 94.1FM.
As I wrote about earlier Girl in a Coma were pulled over by Alabama Border Patrol agents (originally reported by Jim Mendiola at Ken Burns Hates Mexicans). In response I pulled a Commissioner Gordon and quickly shone the Chicano Bat signal to assemble a round table discussion on the incident. Joining me for episode #7 of my podcast are DJ Rosi Reyes, Professor Katynka Martinez, and Korean pop culture expert Lola. Listen in as we discuss Girl in a Coma, the migration of Elvis Presley, and the she devils of the immigrant rights movement.
HONORING REVOLUTION WITH VISIONS OF HEALING
Dia de los Muertos 2010
Dedicated to the centennial celebration of the Mexican Revolution
and to Maria de la Asuncion Lopez
934 Brannan Street (at 8th) San Francisco, CA 94103
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Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 12:00PM-7:00PM Saturday, 12:00PM-5:00PM
Rene Yañez and Rio Yañez CURATORS
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Michael Dingle PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
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Deb Bok EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING
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Rio Yañez GRAPHICS & PHOTOGRAPHY
Friday, Oct. 8th / 6:00PM-9:00PM / $5.00-$10.00 Sliding Scale
Featuring Contemporary Chicano Music by singer Liliana Herrera & guitarist Jose Roberto plus a special performance by Tania Llambelis & the Oakland Improv Collective. Artist Market of Dia de los Muertos crafts and art for sale in our Lobby.
TICKETS: dayofthedead.eventbrite.com and at the door
Saturday, Nov. 6th / 5:00PM-7:30PM / $5.00-$10.00 Sliding Scale
SOMARTS BENEFIT CONCERT
8:00PM-9:30PM / $50.00 (General Admission)
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Join SOMArts for a very special benefit concert and help us
reach our fundraising goal of $8,000! To help us out, the San
Francisco Symphony will present Quinteto Latino in a special
Dia de los Muertos program of classical music performed by
the sumptuous voices of flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn and
bassoon. $50.00 tickets include a $25.00 tax-deductible
donation. Only 100 seats are available for this performance.
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Patricia A. Montgomery
Juliet Flower MacCannell
Marin Primary & Middle School 6th Grade Class
Mary Molly Mullaney
Victor Mario Zaballa
Holy shitloads of fuck!
Driving through Alabama yesterday while on tour, Texas indie rock band Girl in a Coma got pulled over by la Migra. Their crime: Driving While Brown. Seems the Border Patrol agents stopped the band because they saw two Latinas in the front seats, the van had Texas plates, and was “full of luggage.” It was one in the morning. The agent asked them for their papers.
Read the whole story at Ken Burns Hates Mexicans.
I’m trying to meet up with Professor Katynka Martinez to record a podcast discussing the significance of this event. This is BIG and I want to put it in its proper context. Don’t sleep on this one.
Ps. Jimmy Mendiola is my hero.